23 July, 2021
- Hunt Museum Creates Space for Learning, Mindfulness, Curiosity & Play
- Artist-Led Workshops in Beautiful Landscaped Gardens
- Suitable for Adults and Kids of all Abilities
The Hunt Museum will host a variety of outdoor painting classes and workshops for both budding and advanced artists in its new Museum in a Garden during the month of August.
The outdoor or “en plein air” painting series ties in with the Hunt’s new summer exhibition ‘A Wild Atlantic Way – Irish Life & Landscapes’ which gives visitors the chance to travel the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kinsale and experience the essence and soul of Ireland through a series of atmospheric and strikingly evocative paintings by 30 artists. All events will take place in the Hunt’s new beautifully landscaped garden which was officially opened to the public in June.
Jill Cousins, Director of The Hunt Museum, said, “Through the series, we’re hoping to provide a fully rounded experience where all artists, budding or professional, get inspiration from either the stunning works featured in our summer exhibition or from being outdoors in our new Museum in a Garden. By combining art and nature, we can create a space for learning, mindfulness, curiosity and play.”
En plein air, which means in the open air, allows the student to paint from direct observation. There are three different types of painting events on offer, some with well-known professional artists, to cater for all levels of experience:
Painting Classes in the Garden
With views and perspectives of the Hunt Museum, the Shannon river, King John’s Castle and Clancy’s Strand, The Hunt Museum’s garden provides the ideal setting for guided drawing and painting skill share sessions with some of Limerick’s finest artists. Beginner’s welcome, materials and equipment provided.
From 1.30pm to 4pm, Wednesday afternoons until August 18th. Adults €15, Kids €5. Booking essential
A Wild Atlantic Way En Plein Air
Be an artist for a day and paint en plein air in the garden. Gain inspiration from the Irish Artists who feature in The Hunt Museum’s amazing summer exhibition ‘A Wild Atlantic Way’ as well as from local professional artists who will be in attendance like John Shinnors, Roger McCarthy, Henry Morgan and Shane O’Donovan. Easels and paints are provided alongside free entry to the exhibition. Please bring a snack, lunch and a drink.
12thAugust from 12 noon to 7pm. Tickets €15, Kids €5. Booking essential
Landscape Painting Masterclass
Artist Joseph Kelly captures the majesty, atmosphere, and scale of County Clare’s rugged coastline in his work. For this day-long masterclass he will give a demonstration of his en plein air painting techniques and tutor you on painting your own landscape in the Hunt Museum’s Garden. Suitable for beginners, improvers and advanced. Please bring your materials including easel, canvas, palette, paints and mediums.
24thAugust from 10am to 4pm. For 16yrs and over. Tickets €35. Booking essential
As these are outdoor events, please make sure to bring any items which you may need for your comfort including a sun hat, sunglasses, sun cream, blanket, portable stool, windbreakers, waterproofs, umbrella or parasol.
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For further information
Alisson Rocha, The Hunt Museum, Limerick. Tel 083 823 5296 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Hunt Museum
The Hunt Museum exhibits one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of Art and Antiquities, dating from the Neolithic Period to the 20th century. Generously donated by John and Gertrude Hunt to the people of Ireland, this diverse collection is now housed in Limerick’s 18th Century Palladian style building, formerly The Custom House.
The Hunt Museum’s summer exhibition ‘A Wild Atlantic Way – Irish Life and Landscapes’ gives visitors the chance to travel the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kinsale and experience the essence and soul of Ireland through a series of atmospheric and strikingly evocative paintings by 30 artists. The exhibition examines the enduring attraction of the Wild Atlantic Way to artists for over 200 years and features works by Shinnors, Teskey, Yeats, Lover, Hone, Souter and Jellett
Museum in a Garden is an exciting new public space for Limerick. Conceived as an extension to the museum, the beautifully designed river reflecting sensory garden features super-sized sculptures, both wildflower and landscaped planting, a community garden, a garden chess set, boules and “hills” for children to roll down. The concept behind the garden is to break down barriers to culture and art and encourage greater engagement with the community.
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